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PERMIT NO. 724
There's always a party going on somewhere because there's always a reason to
celebrate. Whether you're commemorating a specifi c occasion or life in general,
there are local businesses--like these three--that can spice up your festivities!
If your celebration needs to include great food, look no further than
The husband-and-wife team of Andrea and Amber Ferrero opened their Warrenton
restaurant 16 years ago this month, and it has been renowned as much for its delicious
pastries and authentic Italian cuisine as for being a family-friendly gathering place.
It was no simple task to open a restaurant when their children, Sabrina and Victor,
were 5 and 3 years old, respectively, but it was Amber's dream to make it happen.
"We talked about it," she says. "And I made it irresistible!" she adds with a smile.
They envisioned a place that was casual, affordable, friendly, and of course, offered
great food. That vision lives on today even though the café has evolved from offering
pastries and sandwiches to full dinner and catering menus.
All four Ferreros have been involved with every aspect of the restaurant over the
years. These days, you'll primarily fi nd Amber baking, often creating pastries of
her own invention, and Andrea cooking or chatting with customers. To learn more,
Mother's Day is on May 7, and what better way to celebrate a wonderful mother,
grandmother, or aunt than with a meaningful gift? Georgia Fischel has a story about
every piece on display at Dragonfl y, which features genuine Native American jewelry
and art from the southwest.
Georgia explains that she has always loved Native American culture and has
collected pieces for 40 years. She began selling online a decade ago and opened
her storefront in Warrenton in 2011. This is a true passion for Georgia, who often
travels to New Mexico to meet with artisans and purchase their unique art--most
of which is wearable, and all of which is beautiful to behold!
Often used in Native American jewelry, Bisbee turquoise is one of Georgia's favorite
stones, but you'll fi nd an incredible variety of elements used in her pieces, including
fossilized wooly mammoth tooth! And of course, she loves to share the stories
behind them--you'll surely love to hear them. Don't miss Dragonfl y's sale, which
runs through May. To learn more, stop by or call
Growing up in a construction-based family business, Arlen Miller moved to Virginia
in 2001 and took the natural step of opening his own business,
Improvements, in 2003. He likes the small scale business model, which allows
him to stay personally connected to each client. "I focus on giving customers good
value for money," he says. This is possible thanks to their turnkey approach, which
keeps them closely tied to each project, guiding clients through each step.
Kitchen and bathroom remodeling as well as basement fi nishing continue to be
popular requests, but Miller Home Improvements has also designed custom homes
for several customers. Arlen particularly enjoys projects that present a challenge--
like "hidden" bookcases.
Regardless of the project, however, Arlen pays close attention to the big picture
and is quick to explain if there's an issue with the overall scope. Because he's so
focused on ensuring the client's best interests are being met, it's no surprise that
his business has grown thanks to repeat customers and referrals. To learn more,
Celebrate Good Times!
~Nancy Griffi n-Bonnaire